Many people have a good idea of what their desired future should be, and are always getting ready for that future. That’s it, all they ever do is getting ready and before they know it, time runs out and they never get to truly live.
Like them, have you been getting ready to live instead of living right now?
It’s important to wake up to the choices that we all have: the choice of getting ready to live (live in the future) or the choice to live in the present moment. This is a common misunderstanding of goal-setting some times, that we’re so caught up in the goals and plans themselves and that get in the way of our living in the present.
Let’s consider a simple metaphor. You may have an excellent road map of a beautiful place you’re visiting, but you don’t want to stare at the map the whole time. Instead, you want to enjoy the journey and the wonderful experience of the sights and sound of the trip. The purpose of the map is so that you won’t get lost of your position and you know exactly how to get there. This knowledge and confidence of getting there allow you to enjoy the trip of getting there.
So the map is good, the goal-setting is good, the plans are all good, but once you have a look at them, you put them aside so you can live in the present moment. Because if you’re obsessed with the future, you won’t enjoy the present moment. If you’re so obsessed with the destination, you won’t fully experience the journey.